Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Vows To Ban All Online Gambling
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte continues to make waves and this time his crusade is for the banning of online gambling in the country. This comes shortly after his recent crackdown on Chinese nationals who were accused of running illegal online gambling operations. The claims were that over 1300 Chinese Nationals were part of an illegal scheme.
Duterte now has stated that he plans on banning online gambling throughout the country. The exact time of when the ban would come into place was not announced when Duterte brought up the topic in his budget presentation for 2017.
Duterte stated that the reason for the proposed ban on illegal gambling was the fact that the youth were participating in gambling and there was no proper method for the government to collect taxes effectively. He said,” I was mad because even the youth are gambling and there was no way of collecting the proper taxes,” Duterte said at the time. I will restore online (gambling) provided taxes are correctly collected, and they are situated or placed in districts where gambling is allowed, which means to say, not close to churches or schools.”